Krieky Bones
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Wild Ale
Ranked #87
Ranked #839
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Notes: Perhaps it was a way to motivate us into producing beer, or maybe it was a desperate hint at a Birthday gift. Either way, David Walker cornered us one day and asked for a sour cherry fermented beer for his 50th birthday. Nothing more was said, but we took note and the opportunity to create something new. On the occasion of David’s golden jubilee, we celebrate his mid-life mortality check with Walker’s Krieky Bones! This beer begins its life as a Flanders Red style beer aged eight months in a 2200 gallon French Oak Foeder, sour cherries were added and allowed a secondary fermentation. The aroma is of cherry pie complete with flavors of piecrust and spicy notes. Vienna malt notes give way to assertive acidity and firm carbonation to finish. A santé and happy 50th birthday David!
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been sitting on this one for awhile. Found it in the closet today. 100 degrees out, let’s do it! LOVE cherries in sours and this one is very well done!

Aug 29, 2021
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mschrei from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. Funky, sour, fruity, tart, boozy. Everything I want from a barrel aged wild ale. George Clinton drops this beer off singing “gotta have that funk” and I tell him thank you.

May 09, 2021
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DvdP from Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 06/29/17. Nice pop, pours pinkish orange, with a dense white head. Smells tart, vinous, plenty of cherry. Definitely some acidity in the throat, but nicely soft flavours. Cherries, peach, some light tannins. Very nice balance, light and refreshing.

Dec 11, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml Bottled: 09/26/16 - Batch: No. 003

Pours a cloudy hazy dark scarlet orange red color with a small creamy frothy off-white foam head that sticks around for a little while. Smells real funky right now with moderate fresh sour cherry fruitiness, some oak foeder, bready toasty caramelized malt, a hint of lemon acidity, mild acetic vinegary red wine, some barnyard horse blanket, musty hay, straw, a touch of leather, sweet pie spice, and light floral earthy herbal hops. Tastes like beautifully balanced fresh tart cherries, pie crust, bready toasty caramelized malts, oak foeder, sweet cinnamon-esque spice, a hint of lemon, cherry cider, mild barnyard hay, straw, a touch of leathery phenol, and light floral earthy herbal hop notes. Feels medium bodied, fairly juicy and smooth with drying moderate crisp carbonation. Really well balanced flavor and acidity, easy to drink and refreshing, finishing dry leaving me reaching for another sip. Overall this is a really great kriek wild ale fermented with sour Montmorency cherries in oak foeders.

Oct 24, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #003, bottled 9/26/16, had 4/25/19.

Pours a dark gold color with a pinkish hue, a little hazy, with a one inch foamy head and some slick, foamy lacing. Aromas of cherries, light funk, malt, some raspberries, light black pepper. Smells somewhat tart and lightly sour. The flavor is tart and lightly sour, with cherries- which linger in the aftertaste, malt, some funk. Spicy, but can’t identify any. Mildly acidic. Smooth, a good light to medium body, well carbonated.

Great cherries, a good level of tartness and sourness. Kind of a one note beer for FW, though. Very enjoyable.

Mar 19, 2020
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy reddish orange color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is very. Lacing is good. Small pour. Very good sour cherry aroma. Same with taste. Nice sourness. Very good.

Feb 23, 2020
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dfillius from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Label has different stats than synopsis above... 6.3% ABV, batch #4 or 9, hard to read. Bottled 06/19/17.

Perfectly reddish color that isn’t plain red. Tawny red. More head would be only correction...but it is a sour so can’t expect too much. Fairly tart. Palate-drying acidity. Enjoyable depth of flavor with notes of oak, cherry, lemon, slight funkiness.

Feb 14, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Lovely clear rose leaning ruby with a mushroom off-white head as served. Lacing is heavy at first, but streams a bit more deeper into the glass.

Nose brings a nice level of tart/sour expectations with enough cherry to confirm they were likely used as indicated. A little tang seems to indicate a barrel may have been involved, but isn’t obvious.

Tartness opens the taste with moderate acidity, which fades to unveil the cherry aspect. The base wild beer holds up to keep the cherries as an enhancement more than the main event. Only very light hints of the foeder, unfortunately.

Light and tart and fairly straightforward, I’m missing a bit more nuance and specifically want a little more influence from the oak.

Nov 08, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 13.71 (Including tax and discount)/12.7 oz cork and cage bottle ($ 1.08/oz) from State Line Liquor, Elkton, MD. Reviewed 7/19/19.
Bottle stamped “Batch 009 (or maybe 004) Bottled 06/19/17” on middle of label. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light pinkish-orange, slight haze.
Body – Rusty, murky. When held to the light, orange and translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, fizzy, medium density, short retention, quickly diminishing to a three to four mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – Fair. As the level drops, an irregular band of extremely tiny bubbles remain.
Aroma – 3.5 – Sour fruit.
Flavor – 4 – Distinctly sour with a bit of a cherry. Some Brett funk. Ends tart and somewhat dry with oak tannins. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.3 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, fizzy carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Very pleasing cherry-based wild ale. While the appearance, nose, and palate are slightly above average, the flavor is outstanding. This would compare well to the better Belgian kriek offerings.

Jul 19, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch 004, bottled on 6/19/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper/light reddish color, with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy red cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy red cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy red cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/musty/lacto funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6.3%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour/wild ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Amazing balance of super juicy/jammy cherries, and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great oak presence and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp drying. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example. Aged wonderfully on the wild complexity.

Jul 18, 2019
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Noah_Aimar from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Murky blood orange with a decent head
Smell: Sweet cherry and wild yeast with a citrus musk
Taste: Sweet and tart cherry, wild yeasts complement this beer incredibly well, very well rounded
Feel: Nothing special on the feel. Highly carbonated and smooth

Jul 16, 2019
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D9sus4 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the two best American made Belgian style cherry sour brews I've tasted. Very clean overall with a good nose, not too tart mouth feel and a dry finish. Tried it from a tap at a good local beer bar. Definitely worth a try if you like cherry sours.

May 27, 2019
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Viaduck from California

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very pretty orange-pick color but almost no head, just a ring. Very nice flowery aroma: barrels, sweet spices, cherries malt& a wisp of vinegar. Tart-salty taste. Flavor is same as aroma with the addition mild funk, I can taste the pie crust but the cherry flavor was a lot less than I expected. A bit thin with moderate carbonation& hunt a hint of alcohol. Tasty & refreshing

Mar 09, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium bodied, with plenty of carbonation
Aroma is cherry sweethtart candy, malted, yeast.
Taste follows the aroma with tart cherry candy being forward but it isn't too sweet at all. It's a bit dry but overall it makes an excellent dessert beer

Feb 18, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reddish amber hues with a fingernail of pinkish white around the rim and a quarter of the top. The aroma is packed with experately paired tart sour cherries and brettanomyces. There’s a massively tart sour cherry and brettanomyces. This is like a fine cherry pie. The mouth is vigorously carbonated and bone dry. The oak gives this a very smooth finish. Amazing overall!

Dec 26, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured a semi-opaque, reddish orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of cherry, caramel and toffee. Nice tart black cherry taste with some sweetness and caramel.

Dec 14, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Light burgundy pour with fizzy pink head. Great clarity... modest ring of lacing.

S: Baking cherries... tart and fruity with some red wine notes.

T/F: Tart... bordering on sour but not unpleasant. Cherry pie and merlot... a bit of funk, oak, and vanilla. Light bodied... light carbonation... dry at the finish.

O: An outstanding wild ale... great cherry flavor and tartness... elite beer.

Dec 03, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red with fine, pink foam.

Smell is tart with notes of cherries, grapes and some red wine.

Taste is right in between tart and sour, definitely less sour than it's Belgian counterparts. Notes of cherries, cherry pits, oak and vanilla, with a hint of cherry jam in the back. Nice, mild acidity and a sloe-like bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with bright carbonation.

Overall, a very good cherry sour, nice and balanced.

Sep 29, 2018
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ptykozoon from California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby with islands.

Sour cherry, oak, vanilla.

Nice blend of cherry sweetness and tart. Neither really overpowers. Getting a bit of lacto.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Effervescent with a bit of a sticky tang on the finish. ABV tastes ~ 8%

Very good sour.

Sep 15, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Ruby-nectarine hued body with a scant half finger of white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Raspberry, cherry, peach, sweet floral, hint of lacto tartness, lemon
T -- Smacky cherry, raspberry, blackberry, sour apple, perfumey musk. Less sour than bretta rosé, for sure
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, medium carb.Lightly fluffy
O -- Almost tastes more raspberry-fruited than cherry-fruited. Quite high price @$13/12oz bottle. Pretty good overall


Aug 10, 2018
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JRed from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear red in body with large off-white foamy Head. Big aroma of cherries, yeast, some wood, some medicinal, and raisin. Tastes of sour cherries, tart and prickly, wine? Medium bodied with active carbonation.

Aug 10, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/9/17; drank 7/23/18 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy red/pink appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small white head; almost no lace.

Tart cherry, strawberry & faint honeyed wheat notes on the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart cherry & strawberry flavors up front; mild honeyed wheat & a puckering sour finish.

Too tart for me!! But still very flavorful.

Jul 24, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wild ale, fermented with sour cherries, was elegantly delicate. Thanks to a year of aging in French oak foeders, the tartness was very subtle. There, but not too much there. I had it with chicken and mushrooms, and it complemented the meal beautifully--love

Jul 13, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle of blend 003. Served in a wine glass. Pours a cloudy, unfiltered rose body, slight coppery hue, two finger offwhite head, great retention, lots of frothy lacing. Smell is rich cherry skin and flesh, moderate acetic acidity, light oak, touch of leather, lemon. Touch of vanillin. Flavour boasts more cherry presence, bright and tart, moderate vinegar, not all that lactic cheese like many American wilds can have, light oak, touch of tannins and even a little vanilla. This is delicious through and through, without any oaky or leathery astringency. This is a wonderful harmony of cherry and sour beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, soft yet dry, slightly creamy with a trace sweet slickness on the finish, otherwise dry. A very nice cherry American wild ale, one of the better ones I've enjoyed thus far.

Jun 15, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even if Holyfield himself drank this beer, he’d be like, “yeah, this is the real deal.” George Washington has nothing on the cherries that this magical concoction is brewed with. Sweet, tart, slightly puckering like a Kardashian pre Botox... Yep!

May 27, 2018
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